On summer break from school, a young Sherlock Holmes finds a mentor and encounters his first mystery.
This was too much like an Alex Rider no..Show More »vel, perhaps deliberately. Although I like Alex Rider, Sherlock Holmes' adventures, even as (or especially as) a teenager, should be more cerebral and less violent.
There's an occasional good nugget, like when Sherlock develops the self-knowledge that he's not a good storyteller, and that he needs someone in his life to put his experiences in narrative form. Or the small fear that he enjoyed the experience of being drugged when kidnapped. But overall the mystery was predictable and the action ranged from extreme to ridiculous.
I loved the first book in this series. This book was even better! It's adventure and mystery. It's also appropriate for all ages. I understand why..Show More » it is endorsed by the Sherlock Holmes people. It's a great story about what events happened in Sherlock's teen years that shaped him into the great detective that he becomes.
More Mycroft. He has always been a great character to me and it's a shame Doyle didn't use him more. Andrew Lane uses a lot good hints at how Sherlock..Show More » may have become the consulting detective we know him as such as how he learns to deduce, play the violin, etc.